Category: encouragement

Verse (Luke 4:32) & Exhortation


Prioritising the Word of God personified

As New Covenant believers, our priority is the Word of God, the only way to God is through Yeshua (Jesus) who is the Word that came to dwell among us (John chapter 1).

Indeed as a youth, Yeshua manifested the wisdom and stature of God as he discussed with the religious leaders and as we read in Luke 4:32, he astonished the hearers of His teachings. While he performed miracles, Yeshua consistently taught and he is therefore the only source of Elohim God’s truth that sets free (John 8:31-32) for his disciples.

May we live lives meditating on the Word, the scriptures that is, and the life of Yeshua himself who is the Word personified, doing our best to live as he lived in humble obedience to Father.

In addition, let us not forsake fellowship with the Spirit of God for He is God, His power that guides, guards us and reminds us of the teachings of Yeshua, our Messiah and LORD.

Blessings to you and yours,
Deborah x 

Mended & Raised Up for His Glory

I woke up one morning thinking “Jesus mends nets”. I remembered that Jesus called James and John at the time when they were with their father in their fishing boat mending their nets (Math.4:21).Jesus’ purpose was to “mend” their lives by making them his disciples so that they would in turn “mend” other people’s lives, by becoming fishers of men. He is continuing God the Father’s “Mending Nets” business today through the power of the Holy Spirit in all the earth and at work within born again believers.

What do “nets” symbolically mean here? Our capabilities, mindsets, attitudes and emotions that have been afflicted or tattered by the enemy, whether before we become Christians or even during our Christian walk. This could have been either at home, school, church or work.

Some of these afflictions are from childhood through to adulthood because of what people did to us, also how we responded as well as what we were taught which has influenced our way of thinking, attitudes and understanding. Jesus came to do what he saw the Father doing or what God gave him the authority to do. His “mending nets” business is clearly expressed and summarised in Isaiah 61:1-3:

“1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. 2He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. 3To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning,festive praise instead of despair.  In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. “(NLT)..

Such people, having been “mended” will be called in service as “menders” or rebuilders. As Jesus, their destinies are also expressed as follows: Isaiah 61:4:
4They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. (NLT).

Another scripture that comes to mind is Acts 10:38
“And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (NLT).

In addition to healing the sick, the “Good” is all that Father God told Jesus to do in order to “mend” lives such as teachings (i.e perfecting the Law of Moses, how to pray), deliverance of the demon possessed and spending time with society’s rejects so that they know they are loved and valued. Jesus’ “mending” (restoring or rebuilding) business as we know is necessary for us to be saved and then grow to maturity as children of God, thus capable of fulfilling our God given identities and destinies. We each have a part to play in the Body of Christ and the world at large. Some people have found their God given purpose in life, some are on the way to doing so and others don’t have a clue. There are also those who think they do one day, but then they are not sure the next day!

Whatever category you fall into, know that God is at work in you however it may feel like or appear, to take you to even greater depths in your relationship with Him than you are experiencing right now. I sense God wants you to know that as long as you stay in His Word through study and obedience daily, you will receive all that He has for you and will fulfil your God given purpose. He will abide with you as you abide with Him (John 14:21,23).

The heavenly portals of revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding will be open to you because of your obedience and faithfulness. This is my encouragement to you as I do to myself, that you would live a life of worship, singing praises unto God in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Pray fervently for all things at all times, always be determined to trust God giving thanks regardless of the circumstance and do all you can to live at peace with others, loving them as God loves you.

From experience, I know forgiveness is difficult, but if you are struggling be honest before God about the pain you have suffered and tell Him how you are finding it difficult to forgive but because you desire to obey His command that you forgive you choose to do so and ask for His supernatural power to enable this desire to be a reality. Nothing is impossible for our God,
Having “mended” us through salvation and raised us up, God is always on the look out for tears to our “nets”, the sooner we allow Him to mend then the better because the effective fulfilment of our mission is dependant on our wholeness.

©Deborah E. Nyamekye

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Arise and March on!

Let your actions speak louder than your words. We can desire to change the world, do our part for humanity, speak about it, shout to the roof tops, but honestly what good is it if our hands remain fastened by our sides, our bodies as the walking dead?

Arise and March on!

If indeed your soul is awakened to its calling, singing the song of liberation and riding on the joy train of purpose, it is time for action, O soldier of potential, master of unique purpose.

The journey may be long and hard, but as you put on the full armour of the Most High you will overcome fear and join the ranks of victorious labourers.

Arise and March on!

©️3-May2019 DENyamekye

That Season of Life & Our Response

If your life is totally surrendered to God and if you are living in that intimate place with Him to the best of your ability, know that if people don’t appear to see or consider you or they ignore you then it is not the work of man but of God.

Consider David in the bible, he was left to tend to sheep and was not even considered as worthy to be called when Samuel asked his father Jesse to assemble his sons, one of whom was chosen by God to be the future king of Israel. God intervened and Samuel was called and anointed as king.

God has planned different seasons for us in our lives. Every season comes with God’s divine reasons for orchestrating events the way He does. As with the weather, “climatic” conditions in relation to each season in our lives differ. We need to be sensitive and take every season as they come.

When we are not the centre of attention, nor included among the good and the great our perception and understanding of such times will determine our emotional state, attitude and therefore our reaction.

May God help us to adequately discern the different seasons of our lives so that we do not fret or act on our own accord to our detriment but rather remain in His peace. Before people can see us as God does the timing must be perfect so that what they expect from us and how we respond is in line with God’s plan for us.

In order to respond to people and circumstances as God requires is only possible if we have a close relationship with God and we allow Him to take us through the different seasons of our spiritual development.

Let us rest assured that as in David’s case when God’s time for us to be taken out of obscurity, chosen from among many for a purpose, God will strategies to bring it to pass. After all He who trains us knows when we are ready to display His splendour. There is no need for us to help him do so.

All the seasons of hiddenness in God are good for us; David was tending to sheep, but what only David and God knew was that God was also tending to David’s character.

David had a good time in God’s presence; worshipping and fellowshipping with God in the stillness of the fields as a shepherd.

He was alone but not lonely. He had much time to sing and pray to a God he became confident was his “refuge and fortress” (Psa.91:2) a God he could trust.

Indeed, David had been in danger on more than one occasion as the lion and bear came to attack his sheep. God gave him not only supernatural joy which was his strength but also physical strength to fight and overcome the lion and bear. In the valley of the shadow of death, David said “I will fear no evil for you are with me your rod and staff, they comfort me”. (Psa.23:4).

Onlookers including David’s oldest brother (1 Sam 17:28) saw him as this “good for nothing except for sheep” young boy. Other people’s perception of David did not stop him from fighting Goliath and killing him. If you know your worth in God and trust Him wholeheartedly as indeed David did, it should not stop you from pursuing and fulfilling your destiny.

In the fields as a shepherd boy, David became a profoundly God trusting, confident and fearless young man who was totally surrendered and reliant on God. He was therefore prepared for the next seasons of his life which included confronting and killing the giant Philistine, Goliath when no one could. He was also prepared for the many years of warfare with and affliction from enemies far and near. This was until he become King of Judah then Israel.

Even during those times of hardship fleeing from Saul and his son Absalom, David remained close to God. The solid foundations in God, built in the season when he was an inconspicuous shepherd boy were what kept David’s life from crumbling.

God longs to spend time with us daily to either revive us spiritually, impart his will or plans to us or both. But there are also prolonged times or seasons when there is more of a stillness in our lives than is usual and a pull towards focusing on our relationship with God.

It is important not to ignore these seasons which require more time meditating on scriptures as well as praying and fasting for renewal and growth necessary for the next stage of our lives.

Be blessed and highly favoured in every season of 2019

Deborah Esther x

©️31-Dec2018 DENyamekye

A Chosen vessel to utter God’s prophetic words and will to bless others – three biblical case studies

For your encouragement as one called and chosen by God to carry His vision and purpose to be birthed for the glory of God, it is worth remembering the following biblical personalities who were also God’s instruments. As in their case, you also have the ability to prophecy, or be God’s vessel for uttering His words or will to bless others:

1.Elizabeth – when she heard Mary’s voice the baby (John the Baptist; a child conceived for the purposes of God) leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was full of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41), as a result
42she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed [art] thou among women, and blessed [is] the fruit of thy womb.43And whence [is] this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?…45And blessed [is] she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. (Luke 1:4243,45)

2.Mary, pregnant with Jesus having visited Elizabeth and heard her speak under the unction of the Holy Spirit, was also given utterance by the Spirit to sing a prophetic song
unto God, glorifying Him for choosing her and His mighty works on earth (Luke 1: 46-55).

3.Zacharias, a High Priest and John the Baptist’s father, after his son’s birth was full of the Holy Ghost and prophesied the destiny of Jesus Christ and that of John the Baptist (Luke 1:67-79).

As is confirmed by these biblical characters, when God chooses you as His, you become His instrument to conceive His plans and purposes as an anointed vessel of God, your lifestyle and words should therefore testify of who you are to God. You do not need to be a prophet to be a vessel of prophetic utterance by the LORD.

As a born again believer you have the Holy Spirit indwelling you and the more you fellowship with Him as one in Christ the more He will flow as “living waters” out of your “belly” (John 7:38)….

©️2018DENyamekye

Excerpt from Part 1 “Honouring the Holy Spirit. You shall receive utterance & empowerment to be a blessing

From Manna From On High Blog

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Prayer of thanksgiving & power to be a child of God

Dear Heavenly Father,

Jesus said “..as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name, which were born, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (1)

Thank you for the power you have given me to become your child. Thank you that from deep within I am constantly transformed by the indwelling Holy Spirit because I believe in the matchless powerful name of Jesus. Father your word says that

“at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”(2)

I live to proclaim, praise and honour the life-giving name of Jesus.

Thank you that as one who believes in my heart that Jesus Christ is “The Messiah, Son of the Living God” (3) and with the knowledge of Christ, God’s divine power through the indwelling Holy Spirit of God gives me “All things that pertain to life and godliness…exceedingly great and precious promises” (4).

Through these promises, I am able to be a partaker of the divine nature as a new creation in Christ Jesus “born not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”(1)

Unto you I ascribe all the glory, the honour and praise forever and ever Amen!

©12Aug2017Deborah E.Nyamekye

Scriptural References: Quotes (1) John 1:12-13 KJV (2) Phil.2:10-11 KJV (3) Matthew 16:16 (4) 2 Peter 1:3-4 KJV

Recovery Is Always Guaranteed

Keep on keeping on!

Nothing that belongs to the children of Yahweh can be permanently possessed, stolen or retained by the enemy!

There shall always be a time of restitution. You only need to partner with God and you shall see His hand manifest gloriously.

The Israelites were at war with the Philistines (1 Sam 4-6) and the Ark of the Covenant was captured, however the Philistines had no rest until they returned the Ark. This is because Yahweh struck down their god who they disrespectfully put next to the Ark and unleashed a plague of mice and deadly tumours upon them.

I decree and declare today that likewise your natural and spiritual enemies, shall have no rest until they let go off your life and possessions. The power of the Almighty God and His unadulterated word shall work on your behalf in Yeshua’s mighty name.

Lo and behold! as the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting and they lifted upon their eyes and saw the Ark come towards them and were filled with joy (1 Sam 6), so it shall always be the case for you.

As you keep on keeping on; tending to the “land” of your heart and being a labourer and harvester for the sake of Yahweh’s purposes, you will not fail to experience the Most High God’s presence nor see all that He has predestined for you coming to you.

Those who trust the LORD will never be disappointed. Do you trust Him?

Even in the final hour He will manifest and answer your prayers. In the midnight hour of your distress, the light of His countenance shall brighten your life giving you hope and filling you with joy.

What you are hoping for may not happen instantly nor overnight, but His timing is perfect. While He is working at it, our LORD says He will never leave you nor forsake you.

As long as the King (Yeshua) is in the field of your life, there is always reason to always lift up your eyes in anticipation. He is faithful and a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Keep on keeping on!

©️1-Nov.2018 DENyamekye

The Most Profound Thing: Simplicity in Christ.

Prophet Bobby Conner said God told him “Bobby, the most profound thing you can do is maintain simplicity”(1)

That is what I aspire in life, however simplicity in Christ does not mean being weak or powerless, for when we are weak, our God Elohim is strong. His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinth.12:8-10).

When we maintain simplicity in our Christian walk, it means we are determined to let God have His way. He promised to make a way where there seems to be no way and that promise is for believers in Him today as it was for the ancient Israelites (Isaiah 43:19).

Our God also speaks to us in His word saying “5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Prov. 3:5-6 NLT).

Simplicity in Christ also means that we have chosen to take God at His Word how ever difficult it is to understand or make sense of, because He, Yahweh is the one and only wise God we is faithful and does not disappoint (Psa.25:3/Romans 10:11).

We can only achieve a life that is simple yet powerful if we abide in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit who knows the mind and will of God, testifies of Christ and teaches us.(2 Corinth. 2, John 14:26/John 15:26).

Yeshua told us to come to him as little children. If we obey him it means we trust and depend on God daily. Simple Christian living is living a life void of “tearing our hair out” trying to make things happen or fix what is broken. It therefore reaps peace and assurance to the “simple child” that their Heavenly Father is in absolute control of their lives.

Cultivating simplicity in every area of our lives speaks of a surrendered life that aspires to be humble as Christ and is the only way to sustained intimacy with God.

©️Sept-2018DENyamekye

(1) Prophet Bobby Conner quote from his official Instagram post of 28/9/18

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“We Never Give up” 2 Corinth. 4:16

Brethren, I want to encourage you today; whatever you are doing for God continue with fervour let no one discourage you. If people don’t appear to respond or take notice, I say God takes notice.

You are planting seeds in the earth and hearts more than you realise; God’s word is “living and powerful” and brings change in the atmosphere and peoples lives for Jesus is the Word, the fruit bearing shoot out of the branch of Jesse/Judah.

Through Christ, he who became a curse for you (Gal 3:13), working in you in the power of the Holy Spirit, you are fulfilling your mandate as according to God’s promise; as Abraham’s seed (Gen. 12:1-3/Gal 3:13-14), therefore a blessing to multitudes.

Continue to be a witness for Christ, a labourer in his vineyard whether through evangelism, preaching, writing, engaging in charitable acts, giving financially to spread the gospel. God sees and your reward in the here and now as well as in eternity is great. Walk by faith and not by sight! Do exploits for God who reigns and lives in you through Christ!

Paul the Apostle spoke of the zeal, steadfastness and perseverance with which he and others engaged in ministry for the sake of the saints, I quote for your encouragement:

“13But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”14We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

16That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits aree being renewed every day. 17For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinth. 4:13-18 NLT)

God bless Deborah

©️DENyamekye

Exhortation: Arise & Reclaim

As a believer in Christ everything you do is meant to be an expression of who you are in Christ. Therefore arise and reclaim what is yours. Many have refrained or held back from taking risks or doing what they are capable of to advance in ministry, careers and excel in their God given gifts.

Do not hold back! Not today, tomorrow or ever when you feel led to pursue a goal, business or a project. Prayerfully begin, if it is not of God, you will know it even before you take great strides to accomplish it. God is faithful and will caution you along the way as you stay close to Him.

This prophetic encouragement as a poetic discourse is for the purpose of encouraging you to “Arise & Reclaim” what is yours:

It is time to arise and

reclaim your visions,

dreams, identity and

destiny,

for the enemy comes

again and again,

repeating old

deceptive tunes

as a broken record

and as a masked

dance partner waltzing

with you in “La la” land.

The Father of lies

creates an illusion

of truth, mocks you

day and night and

rocks your boat of life

with such tormenting

force stealing your

blessed goods until

you are provoked

to anchor at his docks,

and live in his

Hammock of death.

Not until you arise from

your slumber and sleep

will you know it is all a

charade to give you

an identity and a destiny

that sustains delusion and

restores your past of

abuse, rejection

and shame.

It’s time to arise,

to proclaim your

purpose.

It’s time to reclaim

by faith what’s yours.

“Take back your

possessions” says

Father of truth.

Arise and Reclaim!

©Deborah E.Nyamekye 22/05/2016

(Title Arise & Reclaim)

PRAYER:

Merciful Father,

I pray for a great outpouring of Your Spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding into the life of your children.

I ask that LORD you would expose every deceiving spirit to us and give us the power to overcome.

With the power invested in me through Christ Jesus I rebuke Satan, his demons and decree every work of Satan nullified by the blood of the Lamb.

I ask LORD that you would impart a great measure of the Spirit of discernment into the lives of your people and that we would increase in the knowledge of you and live victoriously in the identity and destiny you planned for us. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray.Amen.

Scriptural inspiration for Poem:

John 10:10

10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Is. 52:1-3

1Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

2Shake thyself from the dust; arise, [and] sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.

3For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.

Is.60:1-5

1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

4Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at [thy] side.

5Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

©2016Deborah Esther Nyamekye

The poem Arise & Reclaim is an excerpt from book: Yahweh Reigns: Inspirational Prophetic Poetry(Volume 2)